In Europe, pollutants in the air we breathe still lead to around 400,000 premature deaths per year.Heart diseases, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), asthma and cancer can be triggered or exacerbated by pollutants in the air we breathe – even if the current limits are complied with. The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken this into account and recommends a significant tightening of the current limits for particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. Climate research has been pointing out for years that the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants – including air pollutants such as soot – is indispensable for meeting climate protection targets.
Accordingly, it is high time for an update on clean air policy! The presentation of the prestigious Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to our Federal Executive Director Jürgen Resch in May 2022 is both an award and a mandate for Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) to campaign for this update.
In a full-day symposium "Clean Air 2.0" on 5 October 2022 in Berlin, DUH will therefore join forces with national and international experts such as Prof. Barbara Hoffmann (University of Düsseldorf), Dr. Maria Neira (WHO) (inquired) and James Strock (former Minister of the Environment in California, USA) to discuss the future of air pollution control. Against the background of current findings on the health and climatic consequences of air pollution, we want to discuss with you how we can achieve the rapid implementation of concrete measures for Clean Air.
When? On October 05, 2022 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, followed by a get-together.
Where? At the Auditorium Friedrichstraße (4th floor, Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin) or online.
For more information on the program and schedule of the symposium, please refer to the agenda.
Participation in the event is free of charge, both online and in person. For better planning, we ask for registration up to and including September 25, 2022.